Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Neymar not fully fit for Brazil opener

Neymar not fully fit for Brazil opener

Well, not everyone is in doubt.

"We should be a cohesive team, like a family", said Manchester City striker Jesus, who is set to get the nod ahead of Liverpool's Roberto Firmino as starting No. 9.

"In tournaments this (losing a match) can happen and you have to accept it".

Hirving Lozanoto grabbed the victor in the 35th minute with Germany in disarray moments after a failed attack with Mexico hitting them on the break.

The goal decided the match - a match Germany didn't expect to lose. "No one in 60 years has done it", he said on Saturday. "My teammates and I did some great work". We had 20 finishes but we should have make the goalkeeper work harder.

He puts 29-year-old winger in the same bracket as Brazil team-mate Neymar, the world's most expensive player after his £200m move to Paris St-Germain last year. "They competed very well and they defended with their lives". For the Germans, this is the first time since 1982 that they lost their opening match in a World Cup.

"No German team did that before".

"Mexico deserved the win", Hummels conceded. They square off tomorrow at 8 am at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, a venue erected specifically for the 2018 World Cup. "We need to see what caused this".

"In the second half we pressed more but Mexico dropped back and played on the break". Germany then dominated but when it broke through the Mexican defense, the shooting was poor.

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"You had the feeling that the ball just wouldn't go in anyhow", Loew said. "One player alone can not stop him, because he is so fast and technically strong". Lozano's goal in the 35th minute meant Germany trailed for more than 55 minutes on Sunday. He was ultimately included in his country's squad but was not fit enough to feature in the 1-0 defeat to Uruguay on Friday.

Lozano's nickname comes from the haunted doll Chucky in the "Child's Play" franchise of horror movies. According to Mexico fans, that'd be the Alabama Crimson Tide, of course!

They were impressive in qualifying for this tournament, however, winning 12 of their 18 matches to comfortably top the South American group.

Brazil, who are one of the favorites for the title, will clash against Costa Rica on June 22 in St Petersburg and Serbia, in Moscow on June 27 after their opening encounter on Sunday.

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